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Although it almost seems like instructions to the inhabitants of the Blue Lagoon, the article title is merely the Sunday podium of the British OK Dinghy nationals.

Only one race was completed on Sunday with high winds preventing more races. But it was compelling action. Charlie Cumbley won the days race, with Will Turner 2nd and Jim Hunt – still overall event leader – in 3rd.

WIndward Mark (pic from HikingBench RIB)

WIndward Mark (pic from HikingBench RIB)

The overall leadership is now Jim Hunt, Jon Fish, Lee Child.

Full results and detailed report are available on the event website, and below.

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Race 3      Breeze on   Photos from Hikingbench RIB

Day two of the OK Dinghy Nationals dawned with an average wind speed of 25 and gusting 32 knots which prompted a two hour postponement ashore.

The racing got underway at 14:30 with a more steady 25 knots under an incoming tide. Those who started at the pin came out smiling at the windward mark due to increased tide at the left side of the course. Will Turner led the charge with an impressive lead followed by Charlie Cumbley and Jim Hunt. A tight pack behind blasted down the reach and places 4, 5, 6 and 7 were all within two boat lengths come the very choppy gybe mark. The top 10 remained tight for all of the race considering the freshness of the breeze.

The next drama was to be had on the third lap again at the gybe mark of doom with increased pressure just as Cumbley and Turner arrived. The ‘wind over tide’ in the deepest part of the Blackwater had created a steep chop with just 3 feet between each wave making the timing of the gybe extremely difficult. They both managed to delay their gybes long enough for the gust to pass but had lost 100 yards or so over Hunt. Many a capsize were to be had here across the 40 boat fleet; Richard Burton being the highest place swimmer who went from 8th to 18th in one acrobatic move.

The lead swapped a couple of times and it ended with a photo finish and neither knowing who had won until ashore, but it was Cumbley from Turner. Jim Hunt was a solid third and Jon Fish found an extra yard of place and just took Andy Couch on the line for fourth.

The 2nd race of the day was cancelled so the fleet look forward to 3 races tomorrow with an earlier start time which combined with a hard day’s racing today might reduce the beer intake tonight.

Hunt remains the man to beat, extending his lead today but with three different race winners so far and some still finding their feet, everything is still up for grabs.

 

OK Nationals 2014

Entries: 40      Races Sailed: 3

 

Series Place Sail No Owner Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1 GBR2162 Jim Hunt Blithfield SC 6 2 1 3
2 GBR2151 Jonathan Fish Waldringfield SC 11 1 6 4
3 GBR2167 Lee Child Dabchicks SC / WMYC 13 5 2 6
4 GBR2156 Robert Deaves Waldringfield SC 15 3 3 9
5 GBR211 Charlie Cumbley Teign Corinthian YC 16 6 9 1
6 GBR2118 Terry Curtis Weymouth/Upper Thames 16 4 4 8
7 GBR2169 Will Turner Dabchicks SC 20 8 10 2
8 GBR2150 Andy Couch Rudyard Lake SC 23 7 11 5
9 GBR2145 Tony Woods Glossop SC 30 10 7 13
10 GBR2147 Tom Lonsdale WOSC 31 11 8 12
11 GBR2042 Richard Burton Oxford SC 32 9 5 18
12 GBR2157 Dave Bourne Upriver YC 34 15 12 7
13 GBR2160 Alex Scoles Overy Staithe 40 12 17 11
14 GBR2154 Simon Conood TBC 43 14 14 15
15 GBR2084 Keith Byers Morecombe & Heysham YC 46 19 13 14
16 NZL553 Finn Gheury Dachet Water SC 48 13 16 19
17 GBR2121 Tony Rich West Oxfordshire SC 52 16 20 16
18 GBR2171 Simon Cox Waldringfield SC 54 21 23 10
19 GBR2059 David Rose Deben YC 54 18 19 17
20 GBR2159 Norman Byrd Northampton SC 63 17 26 20
21 GBR2100 Toby Ramsay Dabchicks SC 67 24 18 25
22 GBR2126 Mike Edwards Leigh & Lowton SC 72 36 15 21
23 GBR2139 Ken Carroll Alton Water SC 72 25 21 26
24 GBR2125 Neil Goodhead South Staffs 80 29 29 22
25 GBR2031 Dave Cooper Overy Staithe SC 84 28 33 23
26 GBR2101 Julian Burnham RYA 85 20 24 41
27 GBR2158 John Ball Brightlingsea 86 23 22 41
28 GBR1957 Drummond Sydenham WMYC 87 31 32 24
29 GBR2123 Andy Turner Overy Staithe SC 90 22 27 41
30 GBR2112 John Paul Williams WOSC 93 27 25 41
31 GBR2149 Martin Bower Blithfield SC 95 26 28 41
32 GBR2093 Ed Critchen 100 38 35 27
33 GBR2137 Simon Shaw Deben YC 101 30 30 41
34 GBR2065 Paul Aldridge Brightlingsea SC 106 34 31 41
35 GBR2032 Tim Hurst Dabchicks SC / WMYC 109 32 36 41
36 GBR2080 Paul Pike Covenham SC 110 35 34 41
37 GBR2124 Gareth Caldwell Blithfield SC 115 33 41 41
38 GBR20 Matthew Cock Dabchicks SC 117 39 37 41
39 GBR2058 Mary Reddyhoff Parkstone YC 119 37 41 41
40 GBR2062 Simon Greening West Oxford SC 123 41 41 41

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